The CARACAL airborne vehicle family had its public premier at Eurosatory. In partnership with Mercedes-Benz and ACS Armoured Car Systems, Rheinmetall has tailored the new versatile and highly mobile 4×4 vehicle family to the requirements of platforms for airborne or special operations units, Rheinmetall writes in a press release. The new family of airborne CARACAL vehicles is based on the G-class chassis for rescue and special operations, featuring optionally mountable protection elements for countering ballistic and landmine threats and a 249 hp six-cylinder Euro III diesel engine which gives the 4,900 kg vehicle a top speed of 140 km/h.
Up to two CARACAL vehicles can be airlifted in the cargo hold of a CH-53K KING STALLION or CH-47F CHINOOK transport helicopter.
According to Rheinmetall, the CARACAL can be employed in a variety of roles during airborne operations – as a basic troop carrier or medical support vehicle, for example, or as supply vehicle. The CARACAL will be ready for full-scale production starting in 2023.
Mission Next-Level Weapon Stabilisation – Tailor-Made Meets ModularIn the development and production of military vehicles, time is not only money, but also relative. Years pass from the idea to the first deployment. In turn, vehicles are in service for decades before they need repairs and upgrades.